To Kill A Mockingbird and Tom Robinson

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Novel Analysis
“To Kill a Mockingbird”

Pd. 7
Shakirah
Shivers
10th Grade Lit.
Honors
10-31-12
2012

Novel Analysis
“To Kill a Mockingbird”

Pd. 7
Shakirah
Shivers
10th Grade Lit.
Honors
10-31-12
2012

Shakirah Shivers
Period 7
Novel Analysis
10/22/12
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” This quote from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” shows how the innocence of some on or something is destroyed. Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. The youngest of four children, she grew up as a tomboy in a small town. Her father was a lawyer, a member of the Alabama state legislature, and also owned part of the local newspaper. For most of Lee’s life, her mother suffered from mental illness never leaving the house. As a child a Lee took interest in English as she entered her sophomore year in high school high school. Lee went on to attend Huntingdon College. After not getting a degree in law and dropping out of college Harper realized writing was her true calling. She went to New York to pursue her dreams. In about 1957 Lee began working on her one and only novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. In July 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published. In this novel main characters are Scout, a young child is the daughter of Atticus who is a tomboy, portraying Harper lee as a child. Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father, a lawyer in Maycomb one of the few citizens of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community. Jem, Scouts brother and Atticus’ son, Jem moves into his adolescence during the story, and he is shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he sees during the trial of...
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